What Does It Mean To Be An Agent of Change?

Agents of Change is a beloved tradition among EP Alums. They gather to reconnect, hear from transformational leaders in education, and leave feeling inspired and renewed to be agents of change. In Chicago, the EP Chicago Alumni Board has amplified this annual event to celebrate the impact of our most EPic Chicago Alumni and EP Chicago’s work to drive improved educational outcomes for students. This event is open to all and happening on Friday, June 14, 2019. Save the date and join us! As a middle school teacher for fifteen years I'd often tell my students that if we all worked on trying to...

Black History Month: Stories that are Inspiring, Challenging, Changing, and Informing Us

At Education Pioneers, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is one of our core values and a core part of our work both internally and externally. DEI is the work we do, the experiences we have, the organization we want to build, and the world we want to live in. It isn’t just our core mission—DEI is personal, challenging, and institutional. One important action we can take to live our DEI core value is intentionally build a fuller understanding of our national history, and especially black history which is too often overlooked, marginalized, or relegated to only being discussed in February...

EP Shows its Pride

Catalyzed by the Pulse shooting during Pride Month in 2016 , the need and purpose for an intentional LGBTQ+ space internally for EP staff became clear. The important work of our EP Pride affinity group* started within two weeks with EP staff member Dan Rosenstein leading the charge to ensure those who identify as LGBTQ+ have a supportive community in the workplace. EP Pride’s impact and offerings continue to ramp up in scope and depth since it began two years ago. Today, nearly 25 percent of EP staff participate regularly in EP Pride meetings and activities. Staff have access to a regularly...

Celebrating the Trailblazing Spirit of EP Alumni for Women’s History Month

At Education Pioneers we invest in leaders because they embody our organization’s founding belief that talented leaders and managers can scale successful solutions for the education sector to impact millions of children nationwide. For Women’s History Month, we celebrate EP Alumni who are trailblazers in education – with a focus on Alumni who are entrepreneurs and/or pioneers. These are only a few of the inspirational women who have been a part of our program. Check out more of our EP Alums on our Meet Our Pioneers page. Brenda Darden Wilkerson (2015) CEO and President, AnitaB.org From...

Five Strategies for Advancing Racial Equity in Public Education

Guest blogging today is Sam O’Bryant , an EP Alum who currently serves as the Senior Director for Equity & Partnerships at SchoolSeed Foundation in Memphis. Sam is a graduate of Alcorn State University and an advocate of historically Black colleges and universities. Sam is a husband, a dad, and a graduate student. When I began working in Memphis in 2012 at Memphis City Schools Foundation, I arrived during the halfway point of a major investment in teacher effectiveness. The work was worthy and victories were won, and the long-term focus was on making teachers the absolute best they could...
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In Celebration of Black History Month

At Education Pioneers, we aim to embody the spirit of our core values, one of which is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion . It is important that we honor and continue to celebrate the contributions and commitments of diverse individuals in our world who are doing extraordinary work, inspiring new generations of leaders, and dedicating their lives to creating equitable educational opportunities for all. So, in celebration of Black History Month, we are spotlighting several EP staff who self-identify as black with a few Q&A’s: If you could connect with a Black History trailblazer who would it...

A Q & A with EP Alum Bakari Ukuu: Why Kansas City is Full of Opportunity for Passionate People Willing to Roll Up Their Sleeves

Bakari Ukuu moved to Kansas City as a Teach For America corps member in 2012. He is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma (and is very excited to hear EP is expanding there in 2018 ), but found his place in Kansas City and decided to put down roots. While an instructional coach, Ukuu joined Education Pioneers and worked in the Kansas City Public Schools in the Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development department where he helped embed social justice standards and develop culturally-responsive curriculum, while also delivering districtwide professional development. We talked to Bakari, now...
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Resources to Find Out What's Happening in the Education Sector

Last week I shared some national education resources but what if you’re excited about opportunities in a specific locations and want to start your local homework now? Here are some local Education Pioneers directors’ takes on their favorite and most informative educational news sources that help them stay on top of trends and discussions within their communities.
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Looking to Build a Strong Foundation of Education Knowledge?

You’re inspired, you’re passionate, you’ve just received your invitation for an in-depth interview and you’re ready to sell your experience about why you’re going to make an exceptional Fellow, but… BUT you’re not really sure why Betsy DeVos was a controversial choice for Secretary of Education, the argument between charter school vs traditional public school vs school vouchers alludes you, and you once thought Common Core was a pilates ab workout.

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